Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Boundary of Westminster – Walked By A City Of Westminster Guide!

DC Editor Adam writes…

In today's post I'm treating myself to a wee bit of a celebration – on Saturday I passed the City of Westminster guiding course and I'm now a badged-up, qualified City of Westminster Guide!

Way back at the start of the course, in October last year, I walked the boundary of the City of Westminster to get a feel for the area - regular readers will know that big, long London rambles are one of my favourite things.

Here are a few of the things I saw along the way (there's an animated map at the end of the post) …



The starting point was Embankment tube…


… past the oldest public structure in London…


Love this detail on the Embankment benches…



The City took a long time to get out of bed…



Reflecting on Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex…



Who am I to judge? The Royal Courts of Justice…



I've been passing this spot for nearly 30 years and I STLL can't resist a snap…


Over Lincoln's Inn Fields to Covent Garden. Keep an eye out for the Demi Virgin, emblem of the wealthy Mercers' Company. Spot her once, you'll start to see her everywhere…



A good spot…


Bob Dylan played here in '62…


Regent's Park…





A Halloweeny gatepost in NW8…



We so associate Gothic revival with the grand scale - so it's always fun to see neo-Gothic flourishes in a domestic context - and no more so than on Kilburn Lane, where the Artizans, Labourers and General Dwellings Company built an estate in the 1870s…



I'm loving this Cockney tough guy - in the huff with the fancy-schmancy swans in the background and puffing his chest out at your correspondent…


Along the Grand Union Canal, under the Westway and down through Kensington Gardens…



… where a knot of second-string camera crews are gathering to cover the announcement of another royal baby. This despite the fact that the happy couple, the Duke & Duchess of Sussex, are in Sydney…


Through the Westminster patch of Albertopolis and into Chelsea where I always love this view of Battersea Power Station in the distance…


Back round to the Embankment for the Tate Britain and some high contrast with the neighbours…



… at Millbank Tower…


Almost full circle…



And here's the route animated…







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